The Perfect Plate – Healthy Smoothies
Smoothies are a liquid version of the perfect plate. You can experiment by putting together all of your favourite foods, and create a perfect drink for you. Within your perfect smoothie you can add quality fats, proteins, and superfoods. Be careful not to add too much sugar in the form of fruit such as bananas, or fruit juices and sweetened yoghurt or honey.
It will definitely give your system a boost!
Smoothies are easy to digest and can keep you going for hours. You can replace a meal as it is really like a meal in a glass, or use alongside your normal meal, such as breakfast.
Four Easy Groups
Here are four easy groups to choose from to help to make your smoothies healthy, satisfying, and, of course, delicious.
- Your liquid base – about one cup of milk of any description, dairy or otherwise. Organic unsweetened yoghurt (I use Greek yoghurt). Add in half a cup of natural coconut water, and some freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
- Your fat content – about half an avocado, or some nut butter, seed butter, coconut butter, or coconut oil. Add in 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- Your protein/superfood content – think about what extras you want to use in the form of powders; Collagen, protein, mushroom, greens or cacao powder, a tsp of spirulina, chlorella or probiotics
- Any extras – ripe fruit or frozen berries, I always include spinach or kale leaves, and occasionally cauliflower or broccoli florets. You could add in half a banana for some sweetness as well. Make sure you add in extra spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger
The most important piece of equipment that you need to use to make a smoothie, is a blender. There are lots on the market with a wide range of prices, from a mini blender to use if you prefer on-the-go smoothies, right through to a larger blender that can make soups, pestos, sauces as well as smoothies. It’s your choice, but whatever you choose, it would be good to share with us your favourite recipes.
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